Books: Between Holocaust And Hollywood

SHADOWS IN PARADISE

by ERICH MARIA REMARQUE

translated by RALPH MANHEIM

305 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $6.95.

When Erich Maria Remarque died a year and a half ago at the age of 72, one thought of old films rather than old books. Lush Dmitri Tiomkin sound tracks seemed to leap from the obituaries to strike Remarque's patented theme: grand passion, grand despair in wartime. In one's stereophonic memory chambers, violins throbbed counterpoint to far-off guns and the crumpled-velvet whispers of thwarted lovers. It is as if Remarque's art were defined by one of those overstylized love scenes in Arch of Triumph between Charles Boyer...

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